Indianapolis’ Kurt Vonnegut museum seeks $1.5M for new home

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-2007), photo courtesy of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-2007), photo courtesy of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library in Indianapolis is seeking to raise $1.5 million to acquire and begin renovations on a building to serve as its permanent home.

The museum announced Wednesday it has a 90-day deadline for the fundraising effort.

The museum’s founder and CEO Julia Whitehead says in a statement that they’ve signed a purchase agreement for a building to display a new exhibition about Vonnegut’s book “Slaughterhouse-Five” and other exhibitions, including the organization’s large collection of Vonnegut artifacts and memorabilia.

First edition of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel ‘Slaughterhouse Five.’ Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com and Bloomsbury Auctions

Whitehead says the museum is “ready for the next phase.”

The museum says its lease on its previous site expired Feb. 1 and the museum currently is closed to the public after eight years of operation.

Vonnegut, who was born in Indianapolis, died 2007 at age 84.

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